Kanye West pretty much ended his career today by speaking up for Hitler. Pro tip: not a good idea. But we shouldn’t just condemn Kanye and move on. This needs to be thought about.
Why would any person – especially a black person – in 2022 have the least kind thing to say about Hitler?
But not just like we might think of it – for a long while, we all figured that it was just ignorant fools who kept the Nazi flame alive. But I’ve been looking into it and pondering it for a while now and it isn’t just that simple.
The origins of this particular problem – pro-Nazi attitudes – stems from the immediate aftermath of World War Two. Hitler was dead and his movement banned and most Germans, having the utter shock of the exceptionally violent (and cruel, on the part of the Russians and French) invasion of Germany in mind, dropped Nazism like a bad habit. This is why almost every Kraut you talked to in 1945 would say he wasn’t a Nazi. Of course, most of them were – from worker to nobleman, most of them had signed on for the ride, especially by the summer of 1940 when Hitler reached his pinnacle. It was, as I have noted before, a pagan carnival – as long as you obeyed, things were great for you…and even as the war ground on and defeat loomed, most retained their faith until an American or Russian boot kicked the door in. But even in that spring of ruin in 1945, there were those who kept the faith.
People like the Belgian Leon Degrelle, Luftwaffe pilot Hans-Ulrich Rudel, Waffen-SS General Paul Hausser never stopped being Nazis. Of course, law and public opinion kept them from overtly being Nazi. What they did was far more subtle: playing on popular sympathy for combat veterans, they first latched themselves on to Wehrmacht generals trying to get pensions for German soldiers and with this sympathy, they started to whitewash the Waffen-SS. It was just a multinational military force against Communism! The War Crimes either didn’t happen, or where it was incontrovertible, that was carried out by Himmler’s people, not the Waffen-SS! And it was all BS from start to finish – the Waffen-SS were beasts in human skin who carried out massacres all over German-occupied Europe. But, it worked – especially as the Cold War came in and we felt we had to make nice with the Krauts, this drivel about the Waffen-SS being somehow apart from the SS gained purchase. This effort, along with later developing efforts to first downplay and then deny the Holocaust suckered lots of people in – the Germans in WWII weren’t that bad and the Holocaust was exaggerated if not false.
This, in turn, was seized upon by various Muslim organizations which had an interest in delegitimizing Israel. They broadcast these concepts far and wide – and also attached them to anti-Imperialism…the Germans fought France and Britain, after all: the colonial overlords of most of the Muslim world prior to WWII. And now this is where it gets interesting.
Because while these lies were gaining purchase around the world the teaching of history ceased in any meaningful sense. Sure, the kiddies these days probably have a lesson plan where they are told Nazis were bad people but I highly doubt they fully explain why the Nazis were bad or who did the most to stop them. A recent poll showed that only about one in five British youth have a favorable opinion of Churchill, the prime scourge of Nazis from the moment they rose out of the gutter. Churchill, you see?, was just a racist imperialist. But you can’t teach that Churchill was a racist imperialist unless you downplay or ignore Nazism. There is no real upside for the modern Left to talk about the Nazis in detail – because if you do, you eventually have to get around to pointing out that a bunch of straight, white, male Christians played the primary role in putting them down. Talking about them in general – calling them White Supremacists, for instance – is very useful because that fits with the Narrative. If you started pointing out that they were German-supremacists it starts to get complicated and doesn’t fit the Narrative.
But what this boils down to is that you have a couple generations by now rising to adulthood with no real knowledge of the Nazis but who can easily access on line the white-wash drivel about the Nazis. This is how a black man, just as well as anyone else, can be suckered in.
I’m sure West in his wanderings came across various sites where all or part of the Nazi whitewash is available. And more often than not, probably also tied to anti-Israel websites which will hold to the seemingly reasonable “we just want to stop the Israeli occupation” position…without, unless you deep dive, telling you that they consider all of Israel to be “occupied territory” and that the dream is to push the Jews into the sea. But at places where you can learn about how horrible the Israeli “occupation” is you’re going to be exposed to people who will downplay the Holocaust, assert that while there are good Jews, look at how many of them are in banking and entertainment…and doesn’t it seem funny that we give money to Israel? Laced with a bit of “hey, I’m no anti-Semite, but I am anti-Zionist”.
Additionally, West and his generation likely were never taught much about the Abolition movement. Nor given any instruction on just what Madison and Jefferson were up to besides being slave owners. What they have been given is a two-dimensional, cartoonish view of America where white Christians are always wrong and anything worthwhile was done by non-whites/non-Christians in spite of oppression. They are primed for drivel – it just so happens that the particular drivel that West latched on to was pro-Nazi. But other kids are out there banging the Maoist drum as if the Cultural Revolution never happened – which, for them, it never did because they were never told about it.
It is a huge problem. It is fixable – and in just a few years if we gain control of school boards and force them to so much as teach some basics. But regardless of what we do going forward, we’re going to have some millions of people who will always be open to lies beause they were never told anything true. People like West are navigating through lies traveling at warp speed with no underlying knowledge to bounce against those lies. So look for more people to come out and earnestly assert bizarre falsehoods.
Elon Musk hopes to restore free speech – he is vilified
Donald Trump wants to Make America Great and protect our way of life – he is vilified
Ron DeSantis has made Florida a mecca for personal freedom – he is vilified
Gavin Newsome wants to release pedophiles from prison – he is lauded
Sam Bankman-Fried scammed many pensioners of their life savings to donate to the Ruling Class – he is lauded
Randi Weingarten introduces gender fluidity to kindergartners – she is lauded
If you ever wondered how corrupt our country is, take note of the above.
Time to remove all doubt that elected officials are honest and hold Americas interests above their own. A new Rasmussen poll shows that 71% believe there was fraud in the AZ election. Now, IF we had honest people in charge, they would address this immediately to relieve peoples concerns and restore integrity to elections. BUT NO. THEY DON’T
It sure is important to protect Ukraine’s democracy right?
“Ukraine has had to take extraordinary measures to fight Russia’s invasion. Among them, the government has consolidated the country’s television outlets and dissolved rival political parties. It says it needs to do this to maintain a united front in fighting Russia,” NPR reported.
Just like Covid, and Climate change … Ukraine is just another money laundering scam
Cluster is right — Arizona is FUBAR.
Well remember “democracy was on the ballot” – much like the democracy in Ukraine. That’s the kind of democracy people like Casper and Fielding are all for. They are simply low character, untrustworthy people. But really, that defines most Americans at this point.
American didn’t just get this way overnight. This has been a long, coordinated, multi-generational effort by Progressives. I hope I live long enough to see the pendulum swing the other way.
“They are simply low character, untrustworthy people. But really, that defines most Americans at this point.”
If that’s how you really feel, perhaps you should consider moving to another country. Russia and Hungry come to mind.
That said, life is interesting here in Hawaii. Two volcanos erupting at the same time. You can even see both eruptions from Volcanos National Park. I am a little worried about the Mauna Loa eruption reaching the Saddle road as that would be a huge blow to our infrastructure.
Climate change — suck it up.
Nature 2, man 0.
I guess Mother Nature doesn’t want man to know how much CO2 she’s belching into the atmosphere.
And do you realize how much co2 is being emitted with those volcanoes? More than what man can do in decades. But but climate change.
I would move to Mexico and am actually considering it. The Mexican people and culture are wonderful and they are a hell of a lot nicer and more family oriented than your average American.
I started commenting a long time ago, right here on the old B4B, about the insanity of the Left, as they fought forest management and then when fires dumped millions of tons of CO2 and pollutants into the air they spun around and attacked the internal combustion engine.
John Hayward wrote an excellent Twitter thread on the foolishness of belief in the curative powers of electric vehicles, starting with this: (emphasis mine)
Spoiler alert: the endgame of the “electric vehicle revolution” is NOT the same number of people driving around, except using EVs instead of gas-fueled cars. The endgame is sharply restricting or eliminating personal transportation for the middle and lower classes.
At the end of the thread is this reply: (emphasis mine)
“the plan is clearly to reduce the number of people”
that’s the plan
executing that plan without fomenting violent revolution requires decades of banal authoritarian decrees.
it’s a slow boil
And Hayward doesn’t even get into the environmental damage of moving to electric cars.
If that’s how you really feel, perhaps you should consider moving to another country. Russia and Hungry (sic) come to mind.
And here we have another example of what passes for insightful commentary from the Professor.
Perhaps when the Dems rigged the election to show that more than half of the country voted for Biden they didn’t consider that they were identifying more than half of the country the way Cluster just did. But I’m a little more optimistic than Cluster is. For one thing, it’s the lowlifes who get the attention. They are represented by the Agenda Media, and touted by them, so it can appear that they constitute most of the country.
Back to “black Nazis”—I’m inclined to agree with Glenn Beck when he says the Kanye West Hitler comment is just an example of a manic phase of his bipolar condition.
As he pointed out, people in this phase can and do wholly believe, the most outrageous things. My late husband had a brother-in-law who was very prominent in his small town who, in his mid-40s, a recreational bicycle rider, came home one day and informed his wife and daughters that he was moving in with the town floozy and she was going to coach him to Olympic stardom as a bicycle racer.
Months later he showed up at her door late one night, befuddled and confused, not quite understanding how he ended up estranged from his family. He went on meds, came home, and eventually started racing in his age group and did very well. But one day my sister in law got a call from a teammate who said her husband was giving away his credit cards and all his cash in some bar in Switzerland, and a couple of years after that episode a plane he was on made an emergency landing in NYC to have him taken off and taken to Bellevue after he had a manic episode midflight.
The problem with being rich and famous is the Elvis Syndrome, where hangers-on never stand up to the person and tell the truth about the delusional and dangerous behavior, using it instead to advance their own agendas. I agree with Glenn that it is possible or even likely that some day Kanye is going to look back on this part of his life with amazement that he ever acted like this.